After losing to Prairie View A&M on Tuesday night to fall to 1-3 on the young season, most baseball fans in Aggieland were in a full blown panic. The Aggies would not do much to ease that pain early on in Wednesday’s showdown with newly promoted Division 1 team Tarleton State. After jumping out to a 1-0 lead, the Ags would give up 5 straight runs and trail 5-1 going into the bottom of the 4th inning. The Aggies would get one back in the bottom of the 4th and trail 5-2 going into the 5th. The Boys of Olsen would come alive in the bottom of 5th inning when they plated 4 runs and take a 6-5 lead, a lead they would hold until the 8th inning. The Aggies would then plate a run when Frizzel scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-5. After surrendering 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning and failing to score in the bottom half, the game would go to extras. In the bottom of the 10th it was newcomer Jordan Thompson who provided the “Olsen Magic”. After Mikey Hoehner drew a walk, Austin Bost roped a 2 out single to right advancing Hoehner to 3rd. Jordan Thompson would send the Olsen Faithful home happy when he ripped a walk-off single into left field, his first career hit as a member of the Aggies. The whole team poured out of the dugout and swarmed Thompson, in a celebration that spilled into right field. The Aggies won the game 8-7.
The Aggies were paced offensively by Will Frizell who went 3-4 with 2 homers, a double and 2 RBIs, to go along with a walk. Another newcomer Kalae Harrison deposited a 2 run shot into the new right field bleachers, fondly known as “Section 12” to cut the lead to 5-4. Brett Minnich would then score Blaum on an RBI single to tie the game at 5, Minnich would the come around to score the go ahead run on a single by Bryan Sturges.
Nathan Detmer got his first start of the year for the Aggies, going 3 innings while striking out 6, walking 1 and allowing 3 hits. He allowed 1 run, but it was unearned. The Texans did the majority of their damage against Wyatt Tucker, who gave up 3 hits and 4 runs in one third of an inning. The next two Aggies out of the pen would shutdown the Texans, the two pitchers would combine for 7 strikeouts while only allowing 4 hits in 4.2 innings. The real MVP of the game might have to be Mason Ornelas, who went 2.2 innings out of the bullpen allowing 2 hits while striking out 5. Ornelas was able to get out of bases loaded jam in the top of the 8th after striking out the side. After pitching a scoreless 10th inning Joseph Menefee picked up his first win of the year. With the win the Aggies improve to 2-3 on the year.
The Boys of Olsen are back in action this weekend when they take on Baylor. Oklahoma and Auburn, in the Round Rock Classic. The games can be streamed on FloSports which is a monthly streaming service. First pitch for Friday and Saturday’s games against former Big 12 foes Baylor and Oklahoma are scheduled for 6pm central time and Sunday’s game against Auburn is scheduled for 11am central time. Pitching matchups will be posted in the weekend preview which will be posted on Friday morning. In the mean time catch up on some articles from the other great writers on the site. Gig ‘Em and #BTHOroundrock.